10th Annual Christmas Champions for the Homeless sings GRATITUDE with 20 NFL Legends, Cece “Finally” Penniston, Bob Corritore, Paris James, Jimmie Primetime Smith, Cece Ya, Les Paul Roque and much more at St. Vincent de Paul’s

Well over 1000 of the area’s homeless will be treated to a remarkable display of love in flowers, music, and gifts at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless shelter on Christmas Day. The Nick Lowery Foundation’s (www.nicklowery.org) 10th annual Thanksgiving 29th “Champions for the Homeless” takes place on Christmas 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 1075 Jackson Street location, just West of the Suns and D-backs stadiums (NOTE: use 15th Avenue entrance off Harrison as the 10th Avenue street is blocked off to traffic). 1000 flowers and 1000 gift certificates will be handed out, but most importantly, more than 1000 people will share gifts of more than 200 volunteers whoare bringing a new priority to theplight of Phoenix’ growing homeless population with NFL players and incredible music embracing the simple message that “We all are powerful, equal, loved and important, “all under the new Champions for the Homeless mural that covers one wall of St Vincent de Paul’s.
Every year, NFL Stars like former Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard, Giants Super Bowl Champion Lionel Manuel,Raiders All Pro Lincoln Kennedy, Seth Joyner, Michael Bankston, Syd Justin, Ray Perkins, Damien Anderson, John Bronson, Raiders Super Bowl Champion Mike Davis, All Pro QB David Krieg, Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery, NBC sports Radio’s Dan Manucci, All Pros JT Smith, former #1 pick Andre Wadsworth, Ed Smith, Scott Player and Steve Holden come together as “Champions” and give an extra special HUMAN touch to Christmas. As an added bonus, The Champions for the Homeless Orchestra, with The Rhythm Room’s legends Bob Corritore, Paris James, Dave Riley, Jimmie Primetime Smith, and BillBoard Music star Cece Peniston, Whitney Steele, Cece Ya, Jennifer Smestad, and Jessi Gradillas and keyboardist Les Paul Roque will be performing.
According to Valley resident and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery, Champions for the Homeless has a simple goal: “To shower unconditional Love, which is the core mission of St Vincent De Paul’s. ” Steve Zabilski, Executive Director of St Vincent de Pauls, said, “Our goal is to remind thousands of Phoenix homeless that they have a purpose with us together to create a human music – that is what a great community is all about.” “Champions for the Homeless” was founded by the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation (www.NickLoweryFoundation.org) in 2006, is an Arizona 501(c)3 non profit. This is the 30th Champions for the Homeless event for St. Vincent de Paul’s.

“Champions for the Homeless” features many NFL Legends, Cece Penniston at St. Vincent de Paul’s on Christmas

Well over 1000 of the area’s homeless will receive more than a warm meal and safe place to dine this Thanksgiving at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless shelter.  The Nick Lowery Foundation’s (www.nicklowery.org) 11th annual Christmas Edition “Champions for the Homeless” takes place Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the 1075 Jackson Street location, just West of the Suns and D-backs stadiums (NOTE: use 15th Avenue entrance off Harrison). 1000 flowers and 1000 gift certificates will be handed out, but most importantly, 1000 people will share a true Christmas with players and over 150 volunteers embracing the simple message that we all are powerful, equal, loved and important, all under the new Champions for the Homeless mural that covers one wall of St Vincent de Paul’s.

Every year, former NFL Stars like former Cardinals Michael Bankston, Ray Perkins, Giants Super Bowl Champion Lionel Manuel, Cowboys Super Bowl Champion Derek Kennard, Raiders All Pro Lincoln Kennedy, Damien Anderson, John Bronson, Mike Davis, All Pro QB David Krieg, All Pro Nick Lowery, Dan Manucci, All Pros JT Smith and Seth Joyner, former #1 pick Andre Wadsworth, Ed Smith, Scott Player and Steve Holden come together as “Champions” and give an extra special HUMAN touch to Christmas. As an added bonus, American recording artist Cece Penniston will be a special guest of Nicks at the event

According to Valley resident and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Nick Lowery, Champions for the Homeless has a simple goal: “To model the unconditional Love and that are the deepest roots of a true community and the core mission of St Vincent De Paul’s. ”   

Steve Zabilski, Executive Director of St Vincent de Pauls, said, “We seek to truly support and honor our clients, thousands of Phoenix homeless who have endured particularly hard times the past several years.  This human music is what a community is all about.”

Champions for the Homeless” was founded by the Nick Lowery Youth Foundation (www.NickLoweryFoundation.org), an Arizona 501(c)3 non profit. This is the 8th Thanksgiving for the St. Vincent de Paul’s event.

‘Champions for the Homeless’ Veterans Day Tribute Retired athletes honor veterans and unveil dedicated mural

PHOENIX (Nov. 8, 2016) – ‘Champions for the Homeless,’ in partnership with muralist Laura Thurbon, will be honoring homeless individuals (including veterans) by unveiling a painting in SVdP’s downtown Phoenix dining room on November 11 at 8:30 a.m. The dining room is located at 1075 W. Jackson Street and the gate code to enter the parking lot is 6388#.

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame football player and Founder of Champions for the Homeless, Nick Lowery, was the mural’s Art Director, working with gifted artist Laura Thurbon, and says, “Our mural is a way to beautifully express that WE ARE ALL ONE IN GOD’S LOVE. Champions for the Homeless celebrates 10 years of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter in all their forms — NFL players, reigning and former Miss Arizona’s, hundreds of devoted volunteers, often the children of the professional athletes, inspired music, serving food, flowers, a little fun and lots of unconditional love. It is the greatest joy and gift we receive to affirm to our homeless friends that no matter what path we have travelled, they are just as important as any of us, and they are loved no matter what…to melt away divisions and boundaries that separate us, and come together in love, and even more love. On Veteran’s Day, we celebrate homeless veterans who have sacrificed more than we can ever know, that we love and honor them more than we have ever known.”

The design of the mural will pay tribute to the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, as well as the men and women who have served this country. It will also honor all the people that are or have been involved with St. Vincent de Paul and the homeless individuals who come to the shelter.

“Everyone has a talent; everyone can serve… Everyone can be great in this world by giving a little of ourselves. We can change the world we live in, by making a small act of kindness at a time. Everyone can change the world we live in by serving, we just need a heart full or grace and a love for others,” says muralist Laura Thurbon.

During the event, guest speaker Rob Gordon, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense and current President of Be the Change, will share a special message with dining room guests. Retired NFL stars, families and friends and many military vets will share in the event donating hundreds of gift certificates and raffle drawings and live music from the Champions for the Homeless Band.

WHAT:  Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame football player Nick Lowery, President of Be The Change and former deputy Secretary of Defense Rob Gordon, muralist Laura Thurbon, and former NFL stars to unveil the St. Vincent de Paul dining room mural and provide entertainment to dining room guests on Veteran’s Day.

WHEN:                November 11
8:30 a.m. to 10:15 am (serving lunch to our homeless guests to follow)

WHERE:              St. Vincent de Paul Phoenix Dining Room
1075 W. Jackson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (Gate code 6388#)

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.

About the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need. For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.